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Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1992-1998

Creator:
Zilczer, Judith, 1948-
Subject:
Puryear, Martin
Robin, Stephen
Sonnier, Keith
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Washington, D.C.)
United States.Public Buildings Service.Art-in-Architecture Program
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Papers kept by Zilczer in her capacity as a member of an advisory committee to the General Services Administration's (GSA) Art-in-Architecture Program, charged with recommending works of art to decorate the federal Ronald Reagan Building and International Center. The collection documents the process which resulted in the selection of three works of art: Martin Puryear's "Bearing Witness," Stephen Robin's "Federal Triangle Flowers," and Keith Sonnier's "Route Zenith" and also reflect the role of the committee as advocates for the artists when Stop Work Orders for Puryear and Sonnier were issued due to massive construction overrruns. Included are correspondence with Susan H. Harrison, Chief, Art-in-Architecture program, GSA; minutes and notes of committee meetings; architectural plans for the building; lists of other works of art commissioned by GSA; letters, memos, notes, and clippings regarding GSA's Stop Work Orders issued to Puryear and Sonnier, 1996; letters from Martin Puryear, Keith Sonnier and Stephen Robin; Sonnier's site proposal for "Route Zenith" including a print, as well as drawings; correspondence, clippings, and draft writings regarding the opening preparations, 1997; and clippings and other printed material concerning the dedication of the building on May 5, 1998.
Citation:
Papers relating to art commissioned for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1992-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Zilczer is a curator at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Streets was most expensive federal building ever constructed, with a price tag of more than $818 million.
Provenance:
Transferred 1998 from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art patronage
Federal aid to the arts
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6241
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216554
AAA_collcode_zilcjudi
Theme:
Government Sponsorship of the Arts
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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